Had a half day at work today. I celebrated having extra time at home by doing something extremely exciting and dangerous.
I did a complete food cupboard inventory.
Whaddaya mean that’s not dangerous? A tin could have fell off the shelf and hit my foot!
As mentioned before I have food hoarding tendencies. There are a few reasons for this but it mainly comes down to the fact that as a teenager my family struggled with money and we would frequently be making the best with the very little we had.
Sure none of us exactly looked like we were starving (I blame the three different types of potatoes we would usually have at meals to fill us up), but our diet wasn’t great. I didn’t know what a butternut squash was until I was about 16! And I am relatively knowledgeable…
As a result of being scared that the food will run out I have some pretty bizarre ’emergency’ food items in my cupboard.
Like a packet of instant mash potato.
I have never in my life, not even as a child, eaten instant mash potato. I don’t entirely believe that it actually contains any real food in it.
And yet in my cupboard proudly sits a packet, for a ‘just in case’ moment.
I also seem to have a split personality when it comes to food buying, as I have the ‘foodie’ side of me that loves cooking, that loves ‘weird and healthy’ things like nutritional yeast and quinoa and loves stocking up the cupboards with exotic ingredients…
And then I have the ‘F***, dinner needs making and I’ve only got 5 minutes’ side of me that loves quick fixes like crumble mix, instant noodles, pizzas and microwave rice.
There’s not much I can do at the moment. I spend 3.5 hours travelling to and from work each day, meaning during the week I am out of the house for over 60 hours. This is the price I pay for having a job I love, which is fine, I would rather have it this way round then a job over the road that I hate, but it does mean I am time poor during the week. The week tends to be about ‘surviving’ rather than living.
I also have a boyfriend who, bless him, is a bit fussy as an eater. He has moved on from the childhood phase of eating rice, chips and ketchup for dinner and is much more experimental when you compare it to how he used to be, but we are still at odds with what we like to eat.
This is a list of what I won’t eat:
Meat (I eat fish)
Tinned macaroni cheese (yuk!)
This is a list of what my boyfriend won’t eat:
All fish apart from scampi
Pretty much all meat really other than beef, chicken and pork sausages
Anything too ‘oniony’
Anything too spicy
Most pasta dishes as they are too ‘boring’
Any nuts of any description
I don’t want it to seem like I am making fun of my boy, as people are allowed to have specific tastes (not eating meat is a pretty specific taste, I could be considered just as fussy easily), I’m more explaining why it is a bit hard for us to find meals that we both like to eat. For instance most of my boyfriends strongest dislikes (stinky cheese, garlic, fish, pasta, mushrooms) are my FAVOURITE things to eat.
But enough is enough, and I have decided I am not going to do any large food shops until I have cleared my cupboards of all the emergency/just in case/weird and healthy foods that I have collected.
I have a few things I specifically want to tackle in my cupboards and they are:
Dried Soya Mince
2 x tins of rice pudding
bag of mixed seeds
jar of molasses
that darn instant mash potato
all my dried lentils and grains
2 x tins of broad beans
and my 13 other tins of various beans/pulses (how the hell do I have that many when only one of us eats them?)
I am going to try and make some new, interesting and cheap dishes that both my boyfriend and I can enjoy (or at the very least I like and I can take in to work as lunch)
First up I think will be broad bean pate.
And maybe some stinky cheese on the side.